• DH’s relative’s mom is the first person we know to have gotten the full vaccine.  She works in IT at a small rural hospital.  But it makes sense that she got vaccinated in the first round even though urban hospitals didn’t have enough vaccines to get all of their doctors and nurses vaccinated for logistics reasons.  This way the hospital can get everybody on staff in one round and they don’t need to worry about shipping another pair of doses to the same hospital.  MIL says that many of the even smaller rural hospitals aren’t getting any of the Pfizer vaccine at all because they cannot afford to invest in the refrigeration, so they’re not going to vaccinate until the Moderna vaccine is available.  I wonder if the cold storage units can move across different small hospitals after they get their staff done, or if they just stay there until there are doses available for patients.  If Hillary Clinton were president, her Covid Czar would have had an entire team on best practices for logistics.
  • DH’s relative’s oldest has driven across the country to move herself and her five year old into a relative’s shed with no plumbing and a space heater for heat.  (Not a snowy area, thankfully.)  CPS is going to find out and take her kid away.  Who thought this was a good idea?!??  (Not DH’s relative, but she’s in her 20s so he really has no say.)
  • Did I mention before that DC1’s science class had a Chemis-Tree?  And DC1 made a very tiny snowflake for extra credit– an origami H2O molecule?  (Zie got full points.)
  • There are not one but TWO leg lamps from a christmas story in our neighborhood.
  • On Dec 23, my sister was like, “what should I make for Christmas dinner” and I was like, “just order something” and she was like, it’s too laaaate.  And I was like, “we always have luck with ethnic restaurants even if you can’t order like a turkey dinner” and she was like, ooh, how about that Mediterranean place.  And then I looked at their Christmas catering menu and suggested stuff.  And then she got it all plus “a broccoli thing BF wanted.”  So either my sister and I have very similar tastes, she’s super tired of picking out food, or she trusts my food suggestions completely.  I think I missed my calling as Grand Duchess presiding over menus.
  • I am beginning to suspect that people who bullet journal just don’t have as much stuff to do as I do.  (A lot of their journals are completely inconsistent with GTD in that a lot of those lines could be done in under 30 seconds, so should just be done instead of being written down.)
  • I was looking at a bullet journal thread that Maureen Johnson started asking for advice on simple bullet journal designs.  And… like a third of them were just rustic hand-drawn versions of the Moleskine weekly planner that I favor.  So… why not just buy a Moleskine weekly planner?  Both the planner and the Moleskine blank bullet journal cost about $20 each… why not get the one that takes less work?  Where do they find the time to write all those boxes out by hand?!?!
  • I mean, I want to be more organized.  And I haven’t settled on a single combined system to help with that.  And I do find myself gravitating back to paper whenever I try to go digital (though Trello has definitely been added to my project planning!  It’s mostly best for smaller projects with multiple RAs though.  It tends to get unwieldy with bigger projects.)
  • What I’m currently doing is using a Moleskine lab notebook that DH decided not to use because he prefers some other company to Moleskine for lab notebooks.  (I like black hard-cover Moleskine.)  I don’t bullet, but I’ve been using it in place of the scratch paper lists and blue-lined NBER pads of paper (and the occasional google docs) I had been using previously.  It makes less of a mess.  Though I also have my weekly planner and have a stapled printed out copy of google calendar.  And Trello. These all serve different purposes.  DH takes care of putting all family things into the google calendar that warns him of things like music lessons for the kids.  It is not streamlined.  But I don’t think bullet journaling would help.  It would just take place of the lab notebook and be prettier and less flexible, depending on the system.  (There are a lot of systems.)
  • I switched to the Moleskine notebook because I found a pen I really liked from a jetpens sampler pack (enerGel Clena– it is very thin but not scratchy) and I just didn’t feel like I could use scratch paper anymore.  Though I couldn’t find the kind of Moleskine notebook I wanted (it was out of stock) and would still be using paper anyway if DH hadn’t found this old notebook of his when he was clearing out his old office.  (Now “nice kitty’s room,” while he’s back to sharing my home office now that he no longer needs to have space for things like disembodied torsos.)
  • To be clear, I’m talking about bullet journaling as a organization device, not a as a mindfulness/journaling device or as a piece of art.  I’ve got the blog for journaling(!)  And… I got enough art in middle school.  I’d rather leave that to other folks with better small motor skills and more interest.
  • Courtney Milan sent me some Washi tape.  It is the only washi tape I have, but I can’t use it!  It’s from Courtney Milan!  (No, she probably does not remember me, but I did win an auction from her.)
  • The basic bullet journal idea doesn’t seem so bad.  Maybe I’ll try it once I get done with this Moleskine (but pre-printed and inflexible!), or maybe I’ll get a vertical weekly planner with a right-hand side for to-do lists in 2022.  Most likely I will forget!
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  1. SP Says:

    I love looking at organizing systems, but I’ve never really found one that works well for me. Bullet journals are pretty, but totally impractical for me. Id be pretty impatient with having to create structure from scratch. I use a google calendar, and I need to use that for weekly scheduling because weekly meetings are plentiful and dynamic, sometimes changing day of. My current system is terrible, mostly using my mind and email as my to do list, along with a scratch paper list that doesn’t include everything. :/ I always fall back to this, no matter if I try digital or paper systems. I will say that I’m not dropping things, so I guess it works, but it feels precarious.

    Vaccine distribution is not really what seems “equitable” in my mind, but logistics make it hard to implement perfectly (as you pointed out there are reasons to do it how it has been done). I’m mostly just glad people are getting vaccinated.

  2. omdg Says:

    It’s very different to bullet journal a bunch of admin tasks than it is to do it for deep thought activities. I like paper and free lists to prevent me from forgetting to do important things.

  3. ccerebrations Says:

    You had me cracking up at your bullet journal takes! I am always like who has time for that?! I will stick to my giant pre-printed planner for admin, etc.

  4. CG Says:

    After investigating organizational systems a year or two ago, I decided all of them would cause me more work, so I just continue to make lists in word when I feel overwhelmed and just keep track in my head when I don’t. Hooray for the vaccine! Many of my healthcare worker friends have posted that they’ve gotten the vaccine and I cheer every time. My elderly uncle posted that he got his first one today, which makes me excited since it must mean that we’re moving on to general old people.

  5. Debbie M Says:

    I used to use one of those free tiny Hallmark calendars for everything! Ha!

    Now my favorite is to make a couple of charts on a page that I print out each month. On the top is a chart with days of the week across the top, and daily tasks I don’t want to do or that I want credit for or whatever down the side. Then I repeat that chart several times.

    Then across the bottom is another chart with weekly chores down the side and week #1, #2, etc. across the top.

    Then I fold this up and on the back make normal checklists of other things to do and things to keep track of.

    I keep dated things on my google calendar, with e-mail reminders.

    And this all works great unless I can’t get my computer to connect to the printer.

  6. Alice Says:

    I was curious about bullet journals when I first heard about them, but lost interest once I learned more. Maybe it’s just the examples I’ve seen, but they just seem like more artsy to-do lists, and kind of simple ones at that.

    But then, pre-pandemic I felt pretty organized and on top of things most of the time. My systems worked. The things that are making me feel harried/disorganized these days cannot be solved by any sort of journal. They could be solved by not having personal life and work life in the same space, and with needs not coming from so many directions simultaneously.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Throughout my entire life, when I’ve had time, I’ve been organized and on top of things. When I haven’t had time, I’ve been disorganized and last minute. I do not know what is cause and what is effect, but I don’t think it is the organization that is the cause.

  7. rose Says:

    Thank you for your insightful and supportive remarks about bullet journals. People are very different and what works for each of us can be so different.
    Depending on state and biases not having running water/ plumbing may not be cause for CPS to remove the child. Some children in homeless camps absolutely remain with their parental person and in some cases get some assistance to do this. Sometimes race makes a difference in the decision and sometimes not. VARIES by state. Also CPS has to be alerted to the situation…….. I would not assume the child will be taken into care. IF a relative who wishes to step up and take custody for the child speaks up and can provide what that state requires the child may avoid foster care (foster care can be quite variable) sometimes even from the second of removal. VARIES a lot! Sometimes in some states CPS will even act to assist the parental person in locating more appropriate housing and assist with funding it.

  8. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    I have difficulty sticking to just one organizational system and I hate that. I schedule family things on our GCal, but also on a big paper calendar that everyone can see (since COVID), and then I have to do lists in notebooks and occasionally I go back to my preferred weekly/monthly planners but I can’t consistently get one that I like from year to year. It’s very hodge podge and the lack of consistency makes me grumpy on principle. But it does work, generally.

      • middle_class Says:

        I also have trouble sticking to one system. I use Cozi app with my husband, which works great and has saved us a lot of scheduling conflicts.

        At work I use the outlook calendar.
        I am trying a new paper planner that includes my todo list, work and personal appts. I feel like I am duplicating entries but I can’t include personal stuff on my outlook. Oh my main todo list is trello but that ia overwhelming and terrifying…

  9. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    For those wondering, DH’s preferred lab book is Clairefontaine.

  10. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    Hey guys,

    Call your members of congress https://myreps.datamade.us/ — senators and congressperson and demand that:
    1. Trump be impeached or resign
    2. Cruz resign
    3. Hawley resign

    If you can’t leave a message, you can send a fax https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php ,
    If you can’t do that, you can send an email or a postcard (or keep trying).

    Do this if your MOC are democrats (they need the support) or Republicans (they can put pressure AND they will learn that they cannot join the seditionists with impunity).

  11. nicoleandmaggie Says:

  12. Debbie M Says:

    Aw, poor Caroline! Actually several great things did happen yesterday. Both Democratic Senator candidates from Georgia won!! I’ve learned not to hope anymore, but it really happened! Also, the coup didn’t work; the invaders were removed, and the electoral college results were approved. And McConnell was eloquent, saying the right things for once–this shouldn’t be amazing, but sadly it is.

    The second question was tougher. I’m pretty sure she couldn’t have prevented the coup attempt. More self-care?

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